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Salma Hayek’s Brother Involved in Crash, One Killed

Salma Hayek's Brother involved in crash, one killed

One person was killed Sunday after a sports car driven by Salma Hayek’s brother, Sami Hayek, crashed into a truck in the Bel-Air area of Los Angeles.

The accident occurred on Sunset Blvd. near Mapleton Dr. around 4:50 p.m.

The sports car, a 2006 Ford GT, was heading eastbound on Sunset Blvd. when Sami Hayek lost control, crossing into the westbound lanes and colliding with a 2011 Toyota Tacoma pickup, according to the Los Angeles Police Department in an interview with ABC 7 Los Angeles.

Hayek’s passenger, 43-year-old Cuttler Sala of New York, died at the scene. Cuttler is famous for his photography. He won a Grammy Award for best art direction for “Johnny Cash: The Legend” box set music package.

The driver of the Toyota Tacoma, 20-year-old Alvin Gomez of Los Angeles, allegedly suffered a broken foot. Hayek suffered several broken ribs. Both were transported to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood. An update to their condition is unknown.

Anyone with information about the accident is urged to contact West Traffic Division Detectives, Officer Tirella or Officer Hutchings at (213) 473-0234. The accident is still under investigation.

If you need a car accident lawyer call The Accident Attorneys Group at 877-857-7720.

Source: ABC Los Angeles


1 killed, 5 injured multi-vehicle car crash

1 Killed, 5 Injured Multi-Vehicle Car Crash

Source: KTLA

One person was killed and five others injured in a multi-vehicle car crash Sunday in Laguna Beach, authorities said.

The accident occurred on the Pacific Coast Highway at Irvine Cove Drive about 1:35 p.m. Police officers and fire personnel responded after receiving a report of a head-on collision, according to a press release issued by the Laguna Beach Police Department to KTLA.

A car, traveling on the northbound side of the highway, struck another vehicle. Police said it was initially a minor-fender-bender. The car then veered into the southbound lanes and struck two other vehicles.

One of the drivers of the four vehicles involved died. Coroner officials removed the deceased victim’s body, said the Laguna Beach Police Department in an interview with KTLA. Authorities corrected their earlier statement that said were five vehicles involved in the crash.

The victim’s body was transported to the Orange County coroner’s office for further examination, said Laguna Beach police Sgt. Eric Lee in an interview with KTLA.

The five other victims were all taken to local hospitals, Lee said in an interview with KTLA. The extent of their injuries and conditions were not immediately known.

Northbound Pacific Coast Highway was temporarily closed due to the car crash. It was reopened Sunday night. All southbound lanes remained closed for some time, but were expected to reopen by 11 p.m.

The cause of the car crash is still under investigation.

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Source: KTLA


Man dies in bed when car plows into home

 Man dies in bed when car plows into home

Source: NBC Los Angeles

A man who was in bed was killed early Sunday when a car crashed into his Orange Country home. The driver of the car was arrested and suspected of driving under the influence.

The driver, Kourosh Keshmiri, 27, of Mission Viejo, was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI and may face additional charges, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

Keshmiri was driving on a suspended license due to an already pending DUI case, authorities said.

The red Cadillac Keshmiri was driving crashed through the front of a house in the 2600 block of Pacato Drive in Mission Viejo.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Family and neighbors identified the man as 60-year-old Ken Jackson. He was described as a motorcycle enthusiast.

The driver and one passenger, who was detained and released, suffered minor injuries, officials said.

The house wad badly damaged. The Cadillac almost went entirely though the front side of the home. A city engineer is needed to determine if the home was safe to live in or not. It could need to be destroyed.

There was another person in the home at the time of the accident, but they were not injured in the incident. The Southern California Gas Company was also called to secure a severed gas line, according to authorities.

This isn’t Keshmiri’s first incident with drunk driving. In August 2010, he was convicted of a misdemeanor DUI. He also has a pending case from June of this year that has led to the suspension of his license.

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Source: NBC Los Angeles


More people now die of suicide than in car accidents

More people now die of suicide than in car accidents

Source: (IIHS)

In the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, released in May, there were 33,687 deaths from car accidents and 38,364 suicides in 2010.

Suicide, typically viewed as an issue with teens and the elderly, is increasing amongst middle-aged Americans, ages 35-64; many baby boomers are facing economic uncertainty that is then combined with easy access to prescription painkillers. Poisoning deaths were up 24 percent over the 10-year period from 1999 to 2010.

From 1999 to 2010, the suicide rate among Americans ages 35 to 64 rose by nearly 30 percent, to 17.6 deaths per 100,000 people, up from 13.7. While suicide rate is up amongst both middle-aged men and women, the suicide rate for middle-aged men was 27.3 deaths per 100,000, while for women it was 8.1 deaths per 100,000.

“It is the baby boomer group where we see the highest rates of suicide,” said the C.D.C.’s deputy director, Ileana Arias, in an interview with The New York Times. “There may be something about that group, and how they think about life issues and their life choices that may make a difference.” Dr. Arias noted that the higher suicide rates might be due to a series of life and financial circumstances unique to the baby boomer generation. They are often coping with caring for aging parents while still providing financial and emotional support to adult children.

The increase in suicides is unsettling as there is still a stigma around it.

You can read the CDC’s report here.

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Source: The New York Times